FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An 81-year-old man who admitted posing as a doctor and giving free breast exams to women at a Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., apartment complex in 2006 was sentenced on Friday to serve the next 13 months in prison.
Phillip Winikoff, of Coconut Creek, Fla., will also serve three years of community control followed by 15 years of sex offender probation once he gets out of Florida state prison.
By the time he's done answering for his crimes, he will be 100 years old.
Winikoff pleaded no contest to a total of eight charges related to his actions in April 2006. Prosecutor Lawren Zann revealed to Broward Circuit Judge Sandra Perlman that Winikoff stood accused of fondling more than the victims' breasts.
Zann said Winikoff approached a woman taking out her garbage. The white-haired man, who was carrying a black bag, said he was a doctor performing free breast exams in the area.
According to Zann, Winikoff went to the woman's apartment, with the woman's significant other in the next room, and began massaging the woman's breasts. Then he had her remove her pants and penetrated her with his fingers, Zann said.
That's when the woman stopped the exam and called for her boyfriend. Winikoff fled the apartment, and the victim called 911.
But Winikoff wasn't done, Zann said. He quickly found another victim and repeated the ruse. Again he talked his way into the woman's apartment, got her to undress and fondled the woman's breasts and genitals.
He was charged with sexual battery and practicing medicine without a license. Had he been convicted at trial, he could have been sentenced to 55 years behind bars.
Appearing humbled before the judge, Winikoff spoke softly, barely above a whisper. "I know I did wrong," he said. Most of what he told the judge was inaudible from the audience, but he did appear to be tearful and remorseful.
Several family members were in court to offer emotional support, including Winikoff's wife. They declined to comment.
The victims did not appear in court.
Prosecutors and defense lawyer Anthony Alfero announced in October that they had reached a plea deal, but the change of plea hearing was rescheduled twice before it was finally held Friday morning.
After Perlman handed down the sentence, Winikoff was handcuffed and fingerprinted, then led out of the courtroom to begin his prison term.
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